Craft kits are such a fun gift to give; not only do they get to make something but they don’t have to dig around and shop for any of the supplies! They’re a great way to try out a new hobby, especially if someone on your gift list has been saying “I’ve always wanted to try crochet/sewing/embroidery” or talking about how they wish they had something to do, other than scroll on their phone, while they relax at night. If you really wanted to be generous, you could gift a craft kit with a little coupon for free babysitting, if they have kids, too! All of these craft kits are off Etsy, so not only are you giving the gift of creativity, you’re supporting small, handmade businesses as well.
I love finding free toy sewing patterns for kids! There is something extra special about a child snuggling something that you’ve made them, and it is even more fun when they’re old enough to help you pick out fabrics and details just to their liking. Handmade toys and stuffies are always my favorite thing to sew, I focused on toys in this post but you can see two posts of free stuffie patterns that match up with beloved kids books in this post and a second post.
As I start brainstorming for Christmas gifts to sew for kids, I thought I’d share some of the free patterns I’ve found. There are ideas for babies up through preschoolers, with lots of open ended play inspiration. Please let me know if you try any of them!
After sewing up 4 free pincushion sewing patterns earlier this month, I ended up with a huge list of other pincushion tutorials that I just loved! Instead of trying to sew them all, I figured I’d put them in one list post to share instead. Pincushions are such a fun gift to sew, they use up scraps really well, and are usually quick and easy. Between patchwork, english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, embroidery, and felt accents, I think everyone will be able to find a tutorial that they just love!
Natural dye projects have been popping up all over my Pinterest feed and I love to read about the different plants that create the rich hues! It’s easy to pop into a craft store and grab a bottle of synthetic dye, but natural dyes take a little more work. I’ve worked with indigo kits several times (see my favorite one here) and experimenting with natural dyes in the past, but this book acts as a true reference guide along with several craft project ideas to go with the dyes themselves.